Friday, April 29, 2011

Kevin Dobbins Pearls: New Designer Profile, Giveaway, Shopaholic Discount and Review

TGIF, Shopaholics! 

Recently I was thrilled and honored to be contacted by Kevin Dobbins Pearls out of Birmingham, Alabama. Kevin recently opened a store on Etsy (link HERE) and began selling his gorgeous line of pearl jewelry. Additionally,  you can find his designs in boutiques across the southeast.

Kevin's designs are devoted to the rich mythology of the mysterious pearl and showcasing its color, texture, contrast and composition. Kevin's thoughts on pearls: "The high esteem that the South holds for pearls is always an influence in my designs. From a very early age, southern women realize the diversity of pearls and how to use them to their best advantage".

This Shopaholic says "Amen, Kevin". I wear pearls all the time - and not always "just" a single strand of pearls. I love colored pearls, pearls mixed with gold and silver metals, functional clasps, unique shapes and designs. I also love to wear a pearl bracelet along with my Burberry tank watch. Pearls are perfect, whether you are dressing up for a fun event or lunching and shopping with friends! :-) 

A few of my favorite pieces from Kevin Dobbins Pearls include the following...

The Classic Bracelet Pink: Freshwater Pearls, $29 (available on Etsy HERE). Classic pink pearls with a magnetic clasp. These clasps are quickly becoming the rage in jewelry design because they are super strong but easy to use. The white pearls dangling from the clasp make this piece really special. Don't tell the DH but I will be ordering this one - maybe in several colors as it's also available in lavendar, champagne, chocolate, white and grey!

The Classic Lariat Pink: Freshwater Pearls, $89 (available on Etsy HERE). A coincidence that it matches the above bracelet? I think not! Kevin sent one of these lariats for me to review and it is absolutely fabulous in person! Three 54 inch strands of pink freshwater pearls with five white freshwater pearls on each end. My Mother and sister also reviewed this piece with me. Mother liked to wear just one strand at a time - but me, I loved all three together. This is a "statement piece" that you will reach for over and over again. A wonderful addition to your jewelry wardrobe!

The Valerie Necklace: Pearls and Jade, $94 (available on Etsy HERE). This piece is very high on my "wish list". Simple elegance - triple strand of pearls, jade, and cz rondels for sparkle. It would go with everything in my spring and summer wardrobe. 
The Coil Bracelet White: Freshwater Pearls, $29 (available on Etsy HERE). These pearls are strung on a "memory wire" which makes them perfect for any wrist, small or large. A great basic piece that will always keep its shape.

Winter Garden Necklace of Pearls and Gemstones, $99 (available on Etsy HERE). A stunning necklace, this can be worn with the strands hanging flat for a casual look, or twisted for a more tailored effect. Personally, I love it worn flat. This piece was sent to me for review, and I styled it with a solid turquoise blue wrap dress. That day, I actually needed some of Kevin's business cards to pass out as at least six people asked me "where did you get that necklace?". It has a super strong magnetic clasp and is so easy to get off and on by yourself. (I have a pet peeve about jewelry that I can't fasten or get off/on when home by myself - it makes me nuts).

Next we have the three (yes, 3) pieces that Kevin Dobbins Pearls has generously offered as a Shopaholic giveaway! 

Giveaway Item #1 - The Classic Summer Lariat: Multicolor (Confetti) Freshwater Pearls, retail price $99 (available on Etsy HERE). Perfect with all your spring and summer ensembles. Trust me here - this piece looks great with all your Lilly! One of the most popular pieces in the Kevin Dobbins Pearls line this season!

Giveaway Item #2 - The Summer Confetti Bracelet: Freshwater Pearls, $36 (available on Etsy HERE). The matching bracelet to the lariat necklace above, this can be worn with the pearls "flat" or twisted. Nice because it will accommodate a small or large wrist, and also contains the strong but easy to use magnetic clasp I love so much!

Giveaway Item #3 - The Confetti Summer Earring, $12 (available on Etsy HERE). These are an excellent accent with one of the other giveaway pieces, or they can be worn on their own. Beautiful and lightweight so they won't hurt your ears!

The three giveaway items have a total retail value of $147! Wow! Kevin has been extremely generous with this giveaway, so let's show him a little Shopaholic Love! :-)

Here's how you can qualify for the giveaway:

(1) Comment on this post with your favorite item (or items) from Kevin Dobbins Pearls on Etsy (store link HERE) for ONE entry. Please note this is mandatory to qualify for the giveaway!
(2) "Like" Kevin Dobbins Pearls on Facebook (link HERE) for ONE entry.
(3) Blog about this giveaway for ONE entry. Please provide a link in the comments for verification.
(4) Tweet this giveaway (be sure to copy me @shopaholicinal) for ONE entry. I will verify the tweets on my twitter page.

Please leave a separate comment for each one of your entries.

Giveaway period begins *now* and ends on Monday, May 9 at midnight central time. The winner will be selected by random drawing and announced on this blog and Shopaholic In Alabama on Facebook (link HERE) on Tuesday, May 10. Good luck to you all!

One last thing - Kevin Dobbins Pearls is also offering a "Shopaholic Special" discount. For a limited time, all orders on Etsy will qualify for 15% off the subtotal with the code "ShopaholicPearls". This discount is perfect to wrap up that Mother's Day shopping. Maybe you want a piece or two for yourself (like I do). Know that when you are shopping with KDP, you are supporting a new and independent designer who is located in Birmingham, Alabama. With the recent deadly storms in the Birmingham and Tuscaloosa areas, I feel great shopping with KDP and knowing it will support local business, employees and families.

Now, wonder which bracelet my Mother "needs" as part of her Mother's Day loot?!?!? :-) 

Have a Fantastic Friday and a Wonderful Weekend!  


  1. I absolutely love the haley necklace pink in freshwater pearls and pink crystals! What a great giveaway!

  2. Oh my what lovely pearls! I would definitely have a hard time picking just one thing out, but I am leaning towards the Katherine necklace. Beautiful! Thanks for the chance at a great giveaway!

  3. I love the Anne Marie Lariat! So pretty and classic.

  4. such beautiful pieces, love the haley necklace in pink!

  5. The Katherine necklace is hands down my fav. SO gorgeous!!

    Thanks for hosting such a fab giveaway!!

  6. I love the Classic Bracelet Pink: Freshwater Pearls-- it would look great with all my Lilly Pulitzer dresses. The pink pearls are beautiful!

  7. Wow, what a fabulous giveaway!! Kevin designs great pieces. I love the The Classic Bracelet White in Freshwater Pearls.

  8. My favorite item is the Summer Confetti bracelet! I love all of the cute colors!! I just came across your blog! Thanks for all of the fun ideas! I am definately a shopaholic!!

  9. i like Kevin Dobbins pearls on facebook now!

  10. I tweeted about the giveaway! @brittlizz1102!

  11. Love the classic summer Lariat necklace! Would be fabulous with a simple tee or tank!

  12. Love the katherine necklace!!!

  13. Love the Black Widow necklace!

  14. My favorite item is the Coin Purse necklace!

  15. Coil Bracelet Pink is my favorite!! Laura Simpson

  16. Liked on Facebook! Laura Simpson

  17. My favorite is the Large citrine briolette and freshwater pearl Lariat.


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